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Sneak peek: Holdsworth to launch steel Heritage range

Five bike road, track and touring range will debut this month at L'Eroica Britannia

Planet-X acquired the British brand Holdsworth last year and will be launching a new Holdsworth 2015 Heritage range at L’Eroica Britannia vintage bike event in the Peak District later this month.

The Holdsworth brand was established by Sandy Holdsworth in London in 1927, and began making steel frames in 1933.

The new bikes are being developed by Lorenzo Altissimo, a 30-year bike industry veteran who is an expert in steel tubing and steel frame production. He was the export manager at Columbus, manufacturer of steel tubing, for 10 years. Former US Postal Service pro rider Jamie Burrow has also been working on the project.

According to Holdsworth, the new 2015 Heritage range is, “A range of handmade, lugged steel frames that honour Holdsworth’s greatest achievements; the Cyclone, the Mistral, the Zephyr, the Professional.

“These are the names that stood the test of time. The 2015 Heritage range honours these classics, remaining true to their identity and historical context. You will find historically accurate geometry, paint, lugs and tubing. And, of course, to complete the series, the iconic orange and blue Holdsworth-Campagnolo team frame. For years it was the dominant force on the UK race scene, winning numerous national and international events, national titles, and was even used to compete in the Tour de France.”

Four of the five bikes are made from Reynolds 531 steel, the exception being the Professional Italia.

Holdsworth say that the Cyclone is designed for all-day comfort. They also say that you can add mudguards and a rack and use it as a tourer.

The Mistral is, according to Holdsworth, “a very light and lively all round frame”.

There’s also a Lady Mistral with a mixte rather than a conventional diamond frame.

The Zephyr is a fixed gear track/urban bike so it has rear facing horizontal dropouts and no mounting points for bottle cages, racks or mudguards (although there is clearance for mudguards).

The Professional is a road race bike with horizontal, adjustable rear dropouts, a 1in threaded headest, a BSA bottom bracket and clearance for 25mm tyres. You also get Holdsworth and Campagnolo handcut brass signatures/badges.

The Professional Italia is the top end model made with Columbus SL main tubes and polished XCR stainless steel dropouts and chainstays. The fork is stainless too.

Each of the bikes come in five sizes from 49cm to 60cm.

We don’t have prices yet although they could be around £799 apiece (to be confirmed).

As mentioned, the range will be launched at L’Eroica Britannia in Bakewell, Derbyshire, 20-22 June. As well as L’Eroica Britannia rides, there will be a free three-day bike festival.

For more info on Holdsworth bikes go to the Holdsworth website

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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